Hanoi denial

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A document suggesting that Hanoi lied about its number of American prisoners in 1972 certainly is fake because its supposed author was incorrectly identified, a Vietnamese official said yesterday, AP reports from Hanoi. Ha Huy Thong, the deputy director of the Americas Department at the Foreign Ministry, said the document was 'sheer fabrication'.

The controversial document was discovered by a researcher in Communist Party archives in Moscow. Elusive truth, page 24